UPDATE: We're not sure why, but...we look like idiots.
In northern Kentucky, which is where the TSMW Headquarters is located, the X game is NOT on.
We're going to find out why - you can count on that!
We've got a pair of updates and a reminder for you on this Friday.
We're putting out the "Gone Fishin'" sign for the weekend (although it is way too cold to fish in Northern Kentucky) so this will be our last update for this week.
Bengals Update: The Bengals and WXIX-TV 19/Newport, Kentucky announced just minutes before 3:00 PM that the game is sold out and will air on the Fox station.
WXIX, along with Kroger and Fifth Third Bank will team up to give away the remaining seats tomorrow, but details aren't announced yet. Those are expected to come this evening.
The game against the Detroit Lions will have a special local pregame show. As they did for the contest against the Chicago Bears back in October, Tricia Macke, Dan Carroll, and sports director Brian Giesenschlag along with sports anchor Zach Wells will host the pre-game, which will blow out Fox NFL Sunday at 11:30 AM all the way to gametime. It's planned that the show will be including pieces on the Detroit club's start in Portsmouth, Ohio and a Shayne Graham "Cribs"-style tour of the field goal kicker's home, according to the John Kiesewetter blog.
Channel 9 Bearcats Coverage: Yes, WCPO-TV 9/Cincinnati gets to cover yet another University of Cincinnati Bearcats football game. (Maybe at this point, WCPO should see if they can be the local over-air home of the team. Heh.)
And that means another pregame special, this one hosted by the WCPO sports team of Dennis Jansen and John Popovich, before the game kicks off at 12 PM. John Kiesewetter of the Enquirer has all of the details in the link.
The Bearcats face off with Pittsburgh. If Pitt wins, it claims one half of the Big East title. If Cincinnati wins, they are sole champions of that conference.
By the way, the BCS bowl selections will be made at 8 PM and televised on FOX 19, which pushes The Simpsons back to an 8:30 start time.
Reminder About FSO Alternate Channels: If you're looking to set the DVR's to record the Xavier Musketeers game against the Kent State Golden Flashes (who are in Ohio Media Watch territory), take note of the alternate channels we'll list below. Fox Sports Ohio is sending the game to these channels due to the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Chicago Bulls.
Here's what you need to know here in Southwest Ohio (that we know of as of this writing):
Cincinnati Bell Fioptics: Channel 261
Time Warner: Channel 310 (NOT channel 99 - FSO says 310 is set as the permanent channel for overflow programming when there are conflicts.)
Insight in Northern KY: Channel 6
Dish Network and Direct TV Satellite: Fox Sports Cincinnati
If you're not on one of these providers, consult FSO's website here.